Windows 10: WSL - Enabling Windows Subsystem for Linux

Discus and support WSL - Enabling Windows Subsystem for Linux in Windows 10 Software and Apps to solve the problem; 11/11/2018 I have windows 10, version 1803, OS build 17134.37 In powershell as administrator, I run the command: enable-windowsoptionalfeature... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Software and Apps' started by WmFB973, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. WmFB973 Win User

    WSL - Enabling Windows Subsystem for Linux


    11/11/2018

    I have windows 10, version 1803, OS build 17134.37



    In powershell as administrator, I run the command:

    enable-windowsoptionalfeature -online -featurename microsoft-windows-subsystem-linux



    and receive error:

    enable-windowsoptionalfeature : the referenced assembly could not be found.



    I don't have it blocked in my firewall, what can I do to resolve this?

    Thanks.

    :)
     
    WmFB973, Nov 11, 2018
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    Hello,

    We would like to know more about the issue you're experiencing with using
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    . Kindly answer the following questions:

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    We'll be waiting for your response.
     
    Devlin Sco, Nov 11, 2018
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  3. mattynyc Win User
    enabling windows subsystem linux on windows 10

    im trying to enable WSL (which is why i bought Windows 10 in the first place)

    if i try to enable "Windows Subsystem for Linux" using the "Windows Features" graphical interface, my machine reboots, but it doesn't install WSL (and upon revisiting the "Windows Features" console, the option becomes un-ticked
    again.

    Trying to install WSL via powershell yields:

    PS C:\Windows\system32> Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature : One or several parent features are disabled so current feature can not be enabled.

    At line:1 char:1

    + Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows- ...

    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: WSL - Enabling Windows Subsystem for Linux :)) [Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature], COMException

    i seem to be having issues getting KB4054517 properly installed.

    i've read through a few articles that had me un-install and re-install this patch manually, but nothing seems to work.

    i'm just trying to enable WSL... it's the feature I went with Windows 10 to make use of.

    is there anyway to do so WITHOUT having to totally re-install windows?

    Windows 10 Pro 1709 build 16299.15
     
    mattynyc, Nov 11, 2018
    #3
  4. hamdev Win User

    WSL - Enabling Windows Subsystem for Linux

    Cannot enable windows subsystem for linux on Windows 10 Home

    I am attempting to install WSL following the instructions at Install Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) on on Windows 10

    So I opened PowerShell as Administrator and entered

    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

    The response is

    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature : One or several parent features are disabled so current feature can not be enabled.

    At line:1 char:1

    + Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows- ...

    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: WSL - Enabling Windows Subsystem for Linux :)) [Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature], COMException

    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.Dism.Commands.EnableWindowsOptionalFeatureCommand

    That is all the information provided. Do I need Windows 10 Pro? I saw that mentioned with the original beta release, but there is no mention on the web page I listed on the first line of this post or the parent of that page.
     
    hamdev, Nov 11, 2018
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